Voters in South Carolina and across the nation go to the polls today in an election expected to show a sharp rightward tilt in U.S. politics.
S.C. voters will elect statewide officers including governor, where Republican Nikki Haley of Lexington and Democrat Vincent Sheheen of Camden square off, and members of Congress and the S.C. House. Richland County voters also will decide whether to levy an additional one-cent sales tax to pay for new roads and subsidize the bus system.
Nationally, control of Congress now in the hands of Democrats is up for grabs.
Todays U.S. House races are expected to result in a Republican landslide. Real Clear Politics, which records all polls and predicts race outcomes, projects the GOP will pick up 66 House seats, giving Republicans 244 seats, well above the 218 needed for a majority.
Among the Democratic losses, look for the virtual wipeout of so-called Blue Dog Democrats, moderates and conservatives. Races to watch? John Spratt, in South Carolinas 5th District, and congressional seats now held by Democrats in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Mississippi and Virginia.